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City carries out more key projects than planned

    Shanghai finished 15 key projects in 2017, five more than planned and their total investment reached 134.29 billion yuan (US$20.86 billion), a 3.3 percent increase in comparison with the planned investment, according to a conference held on Wednesday to review last year's key projects achievement in the city.

    In 2017, Shanghai initiated 22 construction projects, such as the headquarters building of New Development Bank; the phase-four project of Yangshan Deep Water Port; the phase-three of metro line 9; and the completion of Metro Line 17.

    The welfare projects also achieved good results. The Shanghai municipal government added 7,088 beds to retirement homes; 224 kilometers of greenway were built; 409,000 square meters of vertical greenery were planted; and 14 medical sub-stations were set up. Secondary water supply facilities were built, capable of serving 40.1 million square meters of residential area; 64,000 households of suburban families enjoyed new sewage treatment facilities; 310,000 households were installed with electronic meters that combine data of electricity, gas, and water usage.

    Eleven road sections were revamped; 65 public basketball courts, and 75 walking paths were built, and 33 demonstrative vegetable markets were established.

    Educational and cultural projects also saw steady progress. Phase-three Baoshan Campus of Shanghai University was finished; the east hall of Shanghai Library, and the east hall of Shanghai Museum were completed; and construction of Shanghai Expo Cultural Park and Xujiahui Sports Park started.

    Shanghai launched overhaul campaigns to curb unauthorized constructions. Up to now, 2,102 illegal kiosks were shut down; 242,000 incidents of illegal parking of non-motor vehicles were rectified; and more than 200 unauthorized street markets were removed.

    Shanghai paid great attention to ecology last year as well. The 45-kilometer walking paths along both banks of the Huangpu River opened to the public. The Jinze reservoir, which is at the upstream of the Huangpu River, is now fully operational. The Shanghai Outer Ring Road ecological green space project has been completed. The suburban non-hazardous domestic water treatment plant is operational now; and the Shidongkou waste water treatment plant and other 23 waste water treatment plants are under the debugging phase.

    In 2017, Shanghai dismantled more than 100-million-square-meter illegal constructions, and renovated 1,756 kilometers of small and medium-sized rivers.